Adventure Guides

Parents and children participating in Adventure Guides develop strong bonds that support self-esteem and communications skills, setting the foundation for positive, lifelong relationships.

In Adventure Guides, parents and children develop healthy relationships, gain a sense of belonging, and learn the importance of giving back to the community through one-on-one interactions, activities with other families, and community service projects. At the heart of the program are the Compass Points, which give members a sense of direction and an inspiration for activities:

  • Family: Family is the “true north“ — the focal point of the program.
  • Nature: The natural world and the camping experience within it are integral parts of the program.
  • Community: The spirit of the program is experienced through belonging to a small community — the "Circle".
  • Fun: Fun is the magic of the program.

The Y’s core values — caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility — make up the other guiding principles of the program.


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Sharing Family Experiences at All Ages

Adventure Guides programs launch parents and their children on a journey of discovery, with the child as the explorer and the parent as the guide. Adventure Guides encourages parents to get to know your kid while your kid is still a kid with group activities such as games, crafts, songs, stories, skits, ceremonies, and outdoor pursuits such as camping, hiking and swimming. The one-on-one time in a fun, special environment builds important bonds through shared experiences.

We offer specific programs for different age groups so all participants can enjoy age-appropriate activities and experiences.

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